Karnataka Unveils Portal to Accelerate Use of Electric Vehicles, Auto News, ET Auto
According to the state government, the new portal will help promote the use of electric vehicles (EVs) and provide citizens with all information related to the purchase and use of EVs.
According to the state government, the new portal will provide citizens with state-specific information regarding e-mobility in addition to helping the general public switch to electric vehicles by providing insight into incentives, support and e-mobility initiatives.
The web portal was launched by the state’s Energy Minister, V Sunil Kumar, and the British High Commissioner to India, Alex Ellis.
“The state government is promoting the use of electric vehicles in Bengaluru and other parts of Karnataka. We are kicking off a statewide campaign from June 23-30 on setting up charging stations in all areas of the state. Currently we have more than 1,000 charging stations and we hope to build at least 3,000 charging points in the next few days. Bescom has become the nodal agency in Karnataka for the commissioning of new charging points,” Kumar said.
Alex Ellis, British High Commissioner to India, said: “India is playing a bigger role in promoting electric vehicles in today’s world because what India does today will determine what will happen to the world given the size of the population, the economy and the rate at which it is growing.The UK wants to partner with India on the acceleration of electric vehicles, especially in Karnataka, because the city of Bengaluru has become the fastest growing city.Referring to history, Ellis said,
The Department of Energy’s Additional Chief Secretary, G Kumar Naik, explained, “The objective behind transforming Bengaluru into a beacon city for electric vehicles was to make it a model city for other cities and villages in India.” So far, Bescom has ordered 136 EV chargers from Bengaluru and witnessed over 6,000 transactions per month with registered energy sales of 30,000 kWh worth Rs 2.5 lakh.